Reseda Drive-In

18441 Vanowen Street,
Reseda, CA 91335

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MichaelKilgore on April 25, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Adding a name, Boxoffice, Feb. 12, 1949: “Paul Glick of the Canoga in Canoga Park plans an early opening for his new Reseda Drive-In”

davidcoppock on October 5, 2018 at 1:13 am

Opened with “The Man from Colorado”, and “John loves Mary”. Closed in 1985. The drive-in screened Spanish language movies part of the time it was operating. Site is now Reseda Business Park.

wilberfan on September 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Wow, neeb, great photos from that Reddit/Imgur post. Thanks for sharing!

neeb on November 1, 2013 at 7:48 am

Thank you, Reddit.

jwmovies on November 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 18441 Vanowen Street, Reseda, Los Angeles, CA. Part of Canby Ave. was the entrance.

The drive-in itself was further north @ Bassett & Canby.

kencmcintyre on February 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

Here is an August 1973 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on January 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Here is part of an LA Times article dated 3/25/79:

The site formerly occupied by the Reseda Drive-In will open next Sunday as the Reseda Business Park and Mid-Valley Racque Ball and Athletic Club, according to the owners. The racquetball and athletic club will open in May.

Valley on May 28, 2008 at 4:33 am

I recently purchased a DVD of old “Boston Blackie” episodes from 1951-1952. There’s an episode titled “High Voltage Murder” that features a terrific gun battle and car chase through the old Reseda Drive-In.
I’ll try to post this to YouTube and report back here when it’s up and available to view

Jimbo on November 14, 2007 at 6:28 pm

Reseda Drive-in had entrances off Reseda Blvd as well as Vanowen via Darby Ave and was located on the North-East corner across from A&W on the South-East corner…

if you were smart, you snuck out the Darby exit and got right over to the A&W .. the losers went out and got caught in traffic on Reseda BL …. HA HA!

kencmcintyre on January 22, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Here is an article from the Van Nuys News dated 4/7/49:

Reseda Drive-In Theatre To Stage Grand Opening Tonight

One of the largest silver screens in the world will light up for the first time tonight when the Reseda Drive-In Theatre stages its gala grand opening. Costing over $250,000 to build, the elaborate
10-acre showplace incorporates modern technical advances and latest refinement in show-going comfort. Located in the heart of Reseda at the intersection of Reseda Blvd. and Vanowen Street, the deluxe “theater on wheels” is designed to serve the recreational needs of the entire West Valley area, parking 500 cars on new style ramps.

Individual sound speakers with adjustable volume control are provided for every ear. The entire ten acre theater plant is completely paved. A central building houses sanitary lounges, and an ultramodern snack bar which will serve a variety of hot and cold refreshments during each show. The new “automobile movie palace” has been built by Pacific Drive-In Theatres, owner-operator concern, and which has several such theaters in the Southland.

bobbyk on February 7, 2004 at 3:24 am

theater was definitely just north of Vanowen, just west of Reseda Bl., where Mid-Valley athletic Club and the industrial park are now. Used to go there growing up.

Shiro on January 30, 2004 at 5:17 pm

About a year ago I moved to the Tarzana area here in the San Fernando Valley and happily discovered that I was residing just a few blocks from where the original Reseda Drive-In once stood. Peter Bogdanovich’s film “Targets” has always been one of my favorite movies so I was quick to investigate the area to see if I could find any traces at all of where a drive-in could have possibly even been, but typically I found zilch.

Also, the map link above takes you to an incorrect location, the drive-in was supposedly off Etiwanda, north of Van Owen near Reseda Boulevard (not off Sherman Way as shown on the map.) I believe this map is where the Reseda Country Club used to be.